What Contributions From The Ming Dynasty Were The Most Influential?
P.E.R.S.I.A - Politics, Economics, Religion, Social, Art & Architecture
1. Art & Architecture
Art & Architecture
Art was the most influential and significant contribution of the Ming Dynasty. Art pieces from the Ming Dynasty still survived to this day and can be sold for anywhere between a couple hundred thousand to millions in US dollars. Art from the Ming Dynasty was very unique and different. For example, something that they specialized in was making small carvings from ivory, porcelain, wood or jade. This is very unique because in other dynasties they made large sculptures and statues. The Ming dynasty also made jars covered with fish in a lotus pond. This was very popular and lots of potters learned to make them. In the article it states, "As polychrome decoration gained more widespread popularity, advances in the technique were made during the Jiajing period. Potters learned to mix finely ground minerals, such as iron, copper, or cobalt, https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-asia/imperial-china/ming-dynasty/a/forbidden-city). This shows how Potters made the jars be colorful by using metals. This seems like a very interesting technique.
Architecture was also extremely important because they build the Forbidden City which was a palace for emperor and their families to live and servants lived there too. In the article it states, "The Forbidden City is a large precinct of red walls and yellow glazed roof tiles located in the heart of China’s capital, Beijing. As its name suggests, the precinct is a micro-city in its own right. Measuring 961 meters in length and 753 meters in width, the Forbidden City is composed of more than 90 palace compounds including 98 buildings and surrounded by a moat as wide as 52 meters."(https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-asia/imperial-china/ming-dynasty/a/forbidden-city). This shows how big the Forbidden City was.